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Granby airport project set to resume this spring

Tonya Bina
tbina@grandcountynews.com
Grand County, Colorado

An asphalt shortage last year forced the county to stall its runway improvements at the Granby airport, but work is slated to resume this spring and summer.

In the interest of frugality during the shortage, only the first lift of asphalt was applied to the airport runway. A second-phase scope of work for the $4.35 million Granby airport improvements promises to finish the runway to Federal Aviation Administration standards.

But that all depends on FAA funding, expected to be doled out after notification in March, according to the county.

The Granby Airport is in line for $3.7 million of federal money to see completion of major upgrades, including reconstruction of the runway, runway lighting and a possible new fuel system. The county and the Colorado Department of Transportation each will have to match $100,000 to obtain the FAA grants, according to County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.

Anticipating the large sum needed to finish the job, the county is sitting on $48,693 in federal funds made available through the last FAA grant cycle.

Airport Engineer Keith Koler, project manager of the Granby Airport Project and president of Armstrong Consultants, Grand Junction, said it is “nearly certain” the FAA millions will become available.

“The FAA invested a couple million dollars already and it’s half done,” he said. “They don’t like to leave projects half done.”

If the large sums don’t come through, projects could be delayed and the existing $48,693 “will probably remain intact until 2010, until more money is made available,” he said.

The scope of work the FAA is reviewing includes the placement of the second 2-inch lift of asphalt, reconstruction of the existing east apron, an expansion of the east apron and construction of a partial parallel taxiway from the east apron to the midfield apron, as well as construction of a bypass taxiway.

A new fuel system designed to meet state and federal safety guidelines has also been added.

“Grand County has $250,000 left in CDOT monies from ’08 and that requires $62,500 match by the county to access,” Underbrink Curren said. “We might be able to use these funds for the fuel farm if the bids in the airport are not favorable to all of the work. This is yet to be determined.”

It’s expected the county will open bids for remaining Granby Airport work around early spring.

When work resumes, users can expect complete airport closure as last year for about 90 days.

“It’ll be a new facility, much nicer than the old one,” Koler said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.


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